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Field of Study: Science

Deepen your knowledge of genetics, clinical nutrition, or molecular biology, gain insight into contemporary European health issues, and discuss medical case studies. In courses similar to a graduate seminar, you’ll collaborate in student groups to analyze real world problems, set learning goals, and conduct research. Weekly lectures explain the subjects and expand on literature.

Unique study opportunities

  • Understand contemporary health challenges on a national and global level.
  • Develop your own independent research project under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Take a field trip to Bruges, a European capital of decadence and an UNESCO World Heritage City.
  • Attend a workshop on the design of randomized clinical trials.


Language of Instruction: English

Dutch Language Study: None

All instruction is in English. Dutch language study is not available on this program.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study.
  • Fall semester: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester units.
  • Spring quarter: Two courses plus an independent study project for a total of 14.5 quarter units.
  • You can take one course per term for pass/no pass.
  • All courses on this program are upper division.

Current Program Courses

Fall Semester Courses

The fall semester is split into two blocks. You will enroll in two courses per block. Select one Core Course and one Additional Course per block.

Block 1 core courses:

  • European Public Health in a Globalising World – introducing policy, research and practice
  • Going Dutch: Literary Reflections of the Low Countries in the 19th and 20th Century

Additional courses:

  • Diseased Cells*
  • Molecular Nutrition*
  • Training*
  • Health Systems in Europe + EPH3007 Introduction*
  • Tuberculosis*
  • Circulation and Breathing II
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Genetics + Optional:Lab Skills: Genetics
  • Genetics and Evolution + Optional: Lab Skills: Genetics
  • Endocrinology

Block 2 core courses:

  • Medical Ethics – Moral health care dilemmas from a European and Comparative Perspective
  • Dutch Art History

Additional courses:

  • The Law of Public Health and Care*
  • Work-related Stress and Burn-out
  • Clinical Nutrition*
  • Chronic Inflammatory Diseases*
  • Research Methods in Neuroscience and Toxicology*
  • Molecular Biology + Optional: Skills: Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Brain and Action
  • Advances in Biomedical Sciences

*These courses are worth 12 quarter/8 semester UC units each. If you enroll in one of these courses you will not enroll in a core course during that block.

Spring Quarter Courses

You will enroll in two courses for the spring quarter. Select one Core Course and one Additional Course. You must also combine an Independent Study Project (ISP) with your core course. Under the supervision of your ISP instructor, you will develop a research paper on a topic that you decide on together.

Core courses:

  • Medical Ethics – Moral health care dilemmas from a European and comparative perspective

Additional courses:

  • Microbiology + Optional: (Medical) Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunology
  • Cognitive Neurosciences: Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Neuropsychopharmacology + Optional: Data Collection Techniques in the Neurosciences
  • Pathobiology and Disease
  • Public Health Policymaking
  • Human Physiology

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

Courses at Maastricht are interdisciplinary and follow an untraditional lecture format. Using a distinctive problem-based learning (PBL) methodology, you’ll work in small groups of 10–12 students on projects that combine theory and practice. It is an exciting learning style on par with graduate seminar work at UC. You’ll be able to set your own learning objectives based on your background, education, and work experience. In addition to taking personal initiative, you’ll add to your skills and experience in collaborative project management.

The core of PBL is the tutorial that meets for two hours twice a week. You will analyze problems from the Block Book, which provides you with tasks, study material, and learning goals. The group will then disperse and you can work to reach these goals individually or with others. Study hours each week are intensive. In each tutorial meeting, you will discuss the results of your study activities and actively participate in group discussions. A tutor, usually a lecturer or a senior student, also attends the meetings and serves as a subject expert. The tutor may guide the discussion whenever it is needed.

You will find that the final exams for Maastricht courses emphasize the entire reading list provided in the Block Book for each course. Many exams test your understanding of complicated theories and models covered only in that reading and not in group projects or discussion.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. It is common practice for Maastricht students to re-sit exams in which their marks were lower than they had hoped; however, this is not an option for most students because you will not be in the Netherlands during the re-examination period. Be prepared to do well on the final exam the first time it is administered.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available by mid-April and grades for the spring quarter are typically available by early September.